Nicola Sturgeon’s deal with the Scottish Greens is a “political wasp’s nest,” says the deputy chairman of the SNP
Nicola Sturgeon’s power-sharing treaty with the Scottish Greens is a “political wasp nest” that will sting the SNP, warned a senior nationalist.
Jim Sillars, former SNP vice chairman, predicted the deal would “speed up” the “SNP government of recycled ministerial failure” process over the next 12 to 18 months.
On a blog posted on Tuesday, he said the deal allowed the left-wing Greens “to trumpet achievements when things take their course and shout ‘It wasn’t us’ when things go wrong”.
He said the fact that the deal did not reach a full coalition meant the two green junior ministers “are not committed to the principle of collective responsibility” and will enjoy the “wonderful position” of attacking the Scottish government with impunity.
Mr. Sillars concluded that Ms. Sturgeon’s claim that her leadership of a majority government would make it “impossible” for Boris Johnson to deny a second independence referendum was “absurd”.
It did not need to make a deal with a party that won “derisive support” in the Holyrood elections in May, and especially one that “fundamentally opposes the concept of economic growth.”
On the blog, titled “The Unnecessary Self-Harming Green Deal Trap Constructed by Our One-Person SNP Government,” he said, “If the media can finger the Greens for mistakes, so will the SNP flogged if she lets them in. This is not a heavenly pact that Nicola has staged: It is a political wasp’s nest, and she and the SNP will be badly stung by it. “
The SNP and the Scottish Government have been asked to comment.
It came when Mrs. Sturgeon appeared to undermine assurances from Ian Blackford, the SNP’s Westminser leader, that the duplication of the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen would continue despite the deal with the Greens who pledged to spend on new ones Shorten roads.
She confirmed that the project will now be subjected to an “environmental assessment with regard to climate protection goals” before a decision is made. Only improvement in road safety is guaranteed.
Graham Simpson, Shadow Transport Secretary of the Scottish Tories said: “Northeast motorists were promised by Nicola Sturgeon that important improvements to the A96 would not be compromised by their new coalition partner’s desire to wage war on drivers, but now we see them become government taken to extremes by the Greens. “
Meanwhile, the UK government warned that due to a “disappointing” response from Holyrood Ministers to a nationwide traffic inspection, Scotland could miss £ 20 million to improve road and rail links.
David Duguid, a minister in the Scottish Bureau, said the government could begin reaching out to Scottish councils directly to discuss projects on which entry fees could be spent after SNP ministers “under-engaged” the Union Connectivity Review had.